Deer Hunting In United Kingdom

The earliest known form of hunting was recorded in Norfolk, England in 1534. For pest control, farmers had to train packs of hounds to chase down and hunt foxes. Before the rise of agriculture and the domestication of animals hunting was a crucial activity and a necessity. Hunting brought food to the table, and pride to the hearts of men.

Royalties like King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, Prince Philip, and Queen Elizabeth II have also enjoyed the predatory rush, excitement, and satisfaction brought by the practice of hunting.

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Deer Hunting, since time immemorial, is considered a part of British rural culture. In the year 2012, deer hunting or deer stalking became a sport in the entire United Kingdom. According to BASC or the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, more than a million people in the United Kingdom actively participate in game birds shooting and deer hunting every year.

Deer hunting or deer stalking involves the use of high-powered rifles. Such practice is usually done high on moors, and in woodlands. There are certain hunting lodges all over the United Kingdom, which are properties that cater to the whims of hunters and their hunting parties. One of the most popular hunting lodges is Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge in Epping Forest.

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There are six species of deer that exist in the United Kingdom which include the Red Deer being the most famous among all, the Sika, the Fallow Deer, the Roe Deer, the Muntjac which is a stocky deer with small antlers, and the antlers-less Chinese Water Deer. They are hunted for sport and the purpose of culling to a certain extent relative to their population.

In locating a wounded deer, a hunter would definitely have to rely on his hound’s skills on tracking it down. Most of the time, the species of dogs that are trained and used in accomplishing the said task are the German Wirehaired Pointers, Hanavaians, Baverians, and Vislas.

A hunter or stalker shoots a deer at a range that will guarantee a humane kill. A hunter’s position should be strategic, his vision clear, and his aim precise.

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The deer hunting provisions in the UK differ from country to country. Scotland and Northern Ireland share a common deer legislation that is set apart from that of England and Wales.

One is permitted to hunt or stalk a deer if and only if he only uses legal firearms, and shoots during open seasons at the hour after sunset or before sunrise from a moving vehicle.

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Because of certain factors that include the preservation of animal life and diversity all throughout UK, there have been laws passed to either ban or minimize hunting in some parts. The Hunting Act of 2004 in England and Wales prohibits hunting with dogs except when it is done for pest control, in hunting rats and rabbits, retrieving shot hares, rescuing wounded animals, drag hunting, and trail hunting. When caught and found guilty, the fine to pay will cost you a lot (5,000 pounds) and besides that, the court would have all the rights to confiscate your dog and your hunting equipment.

Why We Condemn The Killing Of Cecil the Lion

First of all, we here at The Outdoors & Adventure Blog would like to express our sincerest sympathy to the people of Zimbabwe and all the people in the world who condemn the brutal killing of a mighty creature – Cecil the Lion. While we feature hunting as a sport here, I hope our readers know that the hunting excursions that we talked about are done in the most humane way possible. Furthermore, hunters get permits to kill animals in order to control or balance their population against their environment and they don’t use it as an excuse to be cruel to these animals.

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In fact, most tourism agencies that feature hunting in their list of fun things to do have certain rules and guidelines for people who like to hunt wild bears, elks, African buffaloes, lions and other big game hunting animals. For aggressive and dangerously powerful animals, they recommend the large hunting rifles while less aggressive animals can be taken down by airguns or bow and arrows. Tourism departments of countries like Canada, the United States, Russia and other European countries require hunters to be physically fit in order to survive the harsh conditions of the hunting grounds and, if absolutely necessary, survive animal attacks. That’s because out there in the wilderness, the hunter can quickly become the hunted.

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The problem with Dr. Walter Palmer is that he didn’t follow any of these rules when he set out to hunt which ended in a very brutal and inhumane killing of a cherished animal. According to the news, he initially poisoned Cecil with raw meat when he lured him for a clear shot of his bow and arrow. But when that didn’t work out, he had the lion suffer for over 20 minutes before the poison killed him slowly, then shot him with a 0.22 caliber hunting rifle and decapitated the poor lion for trophy. That is a lame and lazy way to hunt, he paid the department of tourism of Zimbabwe to torture and kill animals and not to hunt, in fact, he shouldn’t even be called a hunter or an amateur hunter, because he displayed no such characteristics and he made other hunters (real hunters) look bad.

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Personally, I think hunting should only be done in areas where predators outnumber humans like the northern forests of Canada and Russia and not in places like Africa. The lions there have a strict territorial system tha they claim, they don’t invade human settlements or threaten their existence and they don’t grow too many for the environment to sustain. I think African  nations should ban the killings of endangered species all together!

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Pretty soon if the outcry is too great and animal cruelty becomes too much, I may have to re-brand this blog as simply just “The Adventure Blog.” It doesn’t feel right anymore in writing about stuff that involves a lot of violence like this one.

At the moment, the whole world is outraged at what had happened. In fact, they are angrier over this situation than terrorist attacks and other human rights abuses that have been going on lately (I do hope that we will be angry over those stuff too, but being angry about Cecil the Lion is a good start though) and they want to extradite Dr. Palmer and file a lawsuit against him for killing Cecil. However, I hope that this issue will gain enough traction that those who also care about white rhinoceros and elephant hunting will stop permanently and poachers be prosecuted for what they have done.

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On personal notes, ancient kings and warriors in the past demonstrate their courage by facing the alpha male lion of their pride and challenge it to the death. They used knives, spears or just their bare hands. That was brave. What Dr. Palmer did was an act of cowardice and he should be ashamed of himself for doing so.

10 Things To Know Before Going On A Moose Hunt

Hunting down a moose is no easy task. It is an endeavor that requires a step by step plan and careful preparation as one lousy move may shrink your chances of a successful kill down to nothing. For novices, you should remember one important detail: moose are massive creatures. Nobody should dare underestimate the power of a wild animal that could weigh more or less 1500 pounds. There are tips, secrets and critical notes you ought to know before going on a moose hunt, whether it will be your first time or not.

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  1. It’s critical to schedule a moose hunt on a day free of snowstorms or heavy rains. A sudden change of weather condition may lead to disastrous outcomes. Pick a day that is perfect for you and the moose.
  2. Study the area where you plan to execute your moose hunt. Get familiar with the area, bring a map and a compass with you always to make sure that you won’t lose your way going to the location and coming back from it. If you plan to hunt deep into an area and far from the main road, it’s best to leave trails, though optional. Tell your family and friends about your excursion, your departure and the estimated date and time of arrival from the excursion. We never know what could happen, it is but wise to practice precautionary measures.
  3. Train your body into fitness. Hunting is a physical endeavor that would require your body to exert more energy than usual. Mind you, only a man who is physically an 8 to 10 will be able to handle the weight of the moose meat that you’d have to carry on your back after making the kill. So make a checklist of the necessary equipment, comfortable clothing and the appropriate gear to make sure that you have everything with you need with you. Most importantly, acknowledge your limitations, and listen to your body.hunting rifles
  4. It is inevitable to spend a night or two at the location so include on that list a survival kit in cases of emergency. Pack in that kit some meds, matches, a whistle or a flare gun (again, you never know the extent of the dangers of the wild), extra ammunition, shelter provisions, and high energy food.
  5. Study on how to execute a quick and humane shot aimed at a vital area (heart, major blood vessels, lungs and the liver) on the mouse with the proper firearm. Practice with your rifle and condition it prior to the actual hunting. If you are a beginner and your knowledge on hunting firearms is scarce, research thoroughly about it, ask friends who have gone to hunting trips before, or better yet consult a professional.
  6. If you opt to hunt during rut season, do so somewhere near a body of water. Otherwise, concentrate on areas where food and water sources are abundant.
  7. The most used technique in luring a moose towards you is by moose calling. Research more on moose calling and practice often to ensure that your sound is as accurate as possible. Stand Hunting or glassing, floating, road and trail hunting are some other techniques that you ought to consider.hunting land
  8. Give importance to the direction of the wind and use it to your advantage. Once you’ve spotted your moose, approach from the downwind side to avoid the dispersion of your scent. Include a wind indicator on your list of equipment to bring.
  9. The proper starting incision point when field dressing the mouse should be at its breastbone’s base up until shortly before its anus. Do not wound any internal organs while at it.
  10. Lastly, prior to the hunting, learn how to quarter the moose meat, plan a strategic way in getting the moose meat out of the woods as quickly as possible, and observe a proper transportation and cooling process.

 

Knowing these things will greatly improve your chances in hunting moose and sooner or later you’ll be able to catch one and bring it back home as a souvenir.

Preparing For Cape Buffalo Hunting: Using A Champion’s Bow And Arrow

Have you always wanted to hunt down a formidable beast like the African Cape Buffalo with only a bow and arrow? With a strong conditioned arm (you would definitely need all the muscle power and force your arm could exert), the perfect bow and arrow that will deliver enough kinetic energy for an instant humane kill, and of course a permit from the local government or the big hunting game department to stalk and hunt a Cape Buffalo, you’re good to go on the hunting trip of your dreams. By the end of this page, you will have a concrete idea on how to accurately prepare for a successful Cape Buffalo hunting using a champion’s deadly bow.

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Cape Buffalos, also commonly known as the African Buffalo, are the largest of its kind that naturally occur in the continent of Africa. They are wild bovids from the family Bovidae that stands 51 to 59 inches, weighs about 930 to 2000 pounds (bulls are usually over 200 pounds heavier than the cows), with a muscular and skeletal build heavier than any North American animal, and have horns that grow over 40 inches across. Despite its very close resemblance with the water buffalo, its origin still remains unknown.

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Typically, prior to the actual Cape Buffalo bow hunt, you should first do a lot of research and penetration tests on the perfect combination of a bow, arrow, and broadhead. You can opt for a heavy bow and arrow and a heavy double blade broadhead. The weight of the best bow to use in hunting a Cape Buffalo should be around 80 pounds. Depending on its length, size shafts, and other additional accessories, your arrow’s total weight should be around 800 to 1000 grains. Your bow and arrow’s efficiency will largely depend on your own calculations that would get you the desired kinetic energy, shot placement strategies, and other techniques.

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To give you an idea, one of the more successful hunters used an 80-pound Hoyt RKT bows and Easton Full Metal Jacket Dangerous Game 28 and a half inch arrows, with 250 size shafts each weighing 17.2 grains per inch, a 9 grain X Nock, fletches in four inches, and a 75 grain Brass X HIT Break Off insert. With these he made use of Phantom SS two-blade broadheads that weighed 200 grains. In total, his arrow weighed a total of 816.2 grains, giving him the ability to produce an initial kinetic energy of 86.15 ft/lbs.

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A 90-pound draw weight Bowtech Tribute with  Smooth Cams and a 27-inch draw length, a 28 inched Easton 2018 Aluminum arrow accessorised with Easton Trooper Fiberglass shafts inside, Luminoks, a 200-grain Muzzy Phantom stainless steel broadhead and a two-blade double bevel edge with the bleeder blades removed will surely deliver a classic kill shot.

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You may also include other accessories such as a 3-pin Tru-Glo sight, NAP Quicktune Rest, stringer release, Nikon Realtree Rangefinder, and an Alpine Quiver.

Good luck on your next Cape Buffalo hunt!

Amazing British Columbia Bear Hunting Season

British Columbia is a remote province situated on the west coast of Canada, 80 kilometers north of Campbell River. A significant part of British Columbia is known for its wildlife abound by a mammalian population that people don’t normally witness in the United States of America. Abundant in healthy populations are grizzly bears, black bears, and the Kermode bears or spirit bears making British Columbia the most popular go-to for bear hunting enthusiasts.

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Along with the bears, there is also a bountiful number of deer, wolves, moose, elks, cougars, coyotes, lynx, and a lot more animals you can hunt. Glendale Cove is the place where a huge fraction of the grizzly bears are found. On the other hand, the black bear’s population per square mile in British Columbia is the most impressive in all of North America. They can grow to massive sizes, 6 sometimes 7 feet.
Given its geographical beauty, British Columbia is a place enjoyed by many for activities such as camping, hiking, mountain climbing, mountaineering, fishing and as mentioned, hunting. Many people have attested to British Columbia, Canada being the most popular and alluring location for avid bear hunters. If you have been long craving for the thrill brought by hunting and have never in your life seen the beauty of a bear in person, it’s time for you to hit British Columbia soon.

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Bear hunting season usually falls sometime in spring or peak fall when the salmons start swimming back to the river. Hunters find it very exciting to use the method of spot and stalk. British Columbia doesn’t allow the method of baiting. Many spot 5 to 10 bears a day and successfully stalk and kill 1. That’s a considerably amazing number. As hunters have insisted, bear encounters in British Columbia are incomparable.
Every British Columbia Bear Hunting Season ends beautifully with proud hunters and their pictures with massive bears. During the previous 2014 British Columbia Bear Hunting Season, their rates shot up to an impressing 100% opportunity and 85% success on black bear hunts. You’d be able to view some grizzlies too but most of the time, the kills are just black bears.

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The full 6-day May British Columbia Bear Hunt will probably cost you an amount of $3500, while the June hunt rate is at $4500. These fees are usually inclusive of a service from the airport in Prince George to the actual venue.If a hunter decides to take a second bear, he would be allowed to do so with a trophy fee of around $2500. A wolf would cost you less, nothing more than $100.
So what are you stalling for? Get your hunting gear and hunting equipment ready, start inviting your friends who you know are interested in bear hunting too, book for the season, and enjoy spotting and stalking your dream kill at the next British Columbia Bear Hunting Season. Don’t forget to post your proud pictures on the net for everybody to see how truly amazing bear hunting is in BC, Canada.

Top 10 Mountain Hunting Rifles

Having been around the mountains of North America more times than I can count, I am a witness to the glory days of hunting rifles, the hunters that used them, their effectiveness or lack thereof. Precision shooting, especially in the wilderness of the cold and rocky Alaska, Northern United States or Canada requires a rifle that’s lightweight, dependable, accurate and of course – weatherproof.

There are no perfect hunting rifles and they all have advantages and disadvantages. Some hunting rifles incorporate super lightweight materials but hunters have trouble with accurate shooting as its recoil has significantly increased. There are also shooting rifles that have high hit accuracy but are too damn heavy to carry that it will burn up all your calories while halfway through the hunt. As an experienced hunter myself, I always recommend rifles that has a minute of arc (MOA) shooting consistency of 1 ½ and yet is still as uber lightweight as ever. Like most hunters, I have my ten best hunting rifles that I would take with me anytime, anywhere on a mountain hunt. Some of these you may have seen on TV while you watch Pursuit Channel online.

Here are My Top 10 Picks for Mountain Hunting

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1) Kimber 84M Mountain Ascent

Kimber’s latest Mountain Ascent model – the 84M – has taken hunting to the next level. It is probably the lightest production rifle on the market weighing in only at 4 pounds and 13 ounces. It has the perfect length, easy to carry around, sits right on your shoulder and it feels good to the touch. It also sports an all-weather construction that will make your mountain hunting experience a memorable one. The suggested retail price of this gun is around $2,040. Want to get more expert advice on hunting rifles? Then watch Pursuit Channel online!

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2) Double Broom Mountain Rifles

Then there’s the Double Broom Mountain Rifles. It has an accent of beauty in it and yet it is lightweight and rugged. Packing up your hunting and camping equipment and this hunting rifle at your back, you’ll be set for your mountain hunting trip. The best thing about Double Broom Mountain Rifles is that you can have them custom made for your own specifications and they are excellent for precision shooting.

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3) Savage Model 16/116 FCSS

Another brand that champions precision shooting is Savage guns, they make the best hunting rifles in the market and their accuracy is second to none. The Savage Accutrigger feature is the favorite of mountain hunters and at only 7 pounds, it has the ideal weight-to-recoil ratio. You will sharpen your hunting skills in no time using this hunting rifle and it sells just over $850, it is friendly to your budget.

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4) Ruger M77 Hawkeye All-Weather

There’s no arguing with this rifle when it comes to ruggedness and dependability. It can withstand varying weather conditions, weighs 7 pounds more or less and has good accuracy – a perfect combination for mountain hunting. Along with your toothbrush and some clean socks, this is one of the best hunting rifles that you might want to pack along your hunting and camping equipment.

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5) Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather SS

One of the most famous brands on hunting rifles, Winchester has always emphasized on the different weather conditions in designing their weapons; and true enough the Model 70 Extreme Weather SS says it all. It is 3 quarter pounds lighter than the Remington 700 XCR II, but it has a Bell & Carlson stock, a floated barrel and controlled feed pre-64 style action, which means this thing can keep firing all day and you won’t get any complaints from it.

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6) HS Precision 2000 PHL

Their reputation for making excellent hunting rifles does indeed precedes their name, and any serious mountain hunter will never say “no” to their guns, especially with the 2000 PHL. The HS Precision 2000 PHL is so accurate that it guarantees a sure hit as it can fire at ½ MOA (minute of arc). Thanks to its composite materials it only weighs at 5.75 pounds which is a strong contributor to its accurate shots. This rifle has been featured in many of the shows you’ve watch Pursuit Channel online. It doesn’t come cheap though as standard pricing for this beautiful machine is around $3,000.

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7) Christensen Arms Carbon Custom

Christensen Arms likes to trade futuristic rifles and other weapons for hunting and shooting purposes. Using carbon composites to build their hunting rifles, the weight of the gun has been greatly reduced. On top of that it also has an impeccable accuracy which make you love it even more! Average cost per rifle is around $3,000 and it goes higher as you request for some extras.

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8) Remington Model 700 XCR II

The XCR II is built for extreme conditions [that’s what the (x) stands for] and it is of the classic model 700 which is highly refined. The scratchproof and weather resistance feature of the rifle is provided by TriNyte coating which merges perfectly with stainless steel. While I applaud the Remington model 700 XCR II as one of the best hunting rifles in the market this much, it does have a downside to it though, and it weighs down on your shoulder at 7.3 lbs. But besides the uneasy weight of this gun, everything is okay. It’s out of the box accuracy can be counted on always and it has a variety of munition calibers available besides the usual 0.22s. You can get this hunting rifle for $1,005 more or less and some stores offers discounts too! This rifle is an excellent addition to your hunting and camping equipment.

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9) Thompson Center Venture Composite SS

Some rifles make the hunter but some hunters make the rifle. Your rifle should be an extended part of your limb and not just another tool that you use for hunting. It is unfortunate sometimes that gun manufacturers overrate their guns on paper and yet it can’t deliver what it says. So if you’ve had enough spending on overpriced fancy hunting rifles, then I recommend you get a custom made one that fits your needs and your budget. What will you get? Oh not much, just a guaranteed 1 MOA accuracy, an externally adjustable trigger, match crowned barrel and a good caliber variety. It’s very underpriced at $600 apiece and yet overqualified for mountain hunting or any other types of hunting that you won’t believe you’re actually paying so little and getting so much!

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10) Nosler M48 Custom

This is one hunting rifle that’s hard to get your hands on, simply because it’s quite expensive. Just the mention of the price and people will get that frown of a little disgust that it’s beyond their budget for hunting rifles. But the pricing is reasonable though because you’ll get superb shooting accuracy, cerakote finish tough and durable materials and custom to order barrel lengths. Watch Pursuit Channel online and get live hunting action from our shows and the various hunting rifles being featured there!

Hunting and Shooting – Learn the Basics

Learning from expert hunters and a few of my own personal experiences is a precious thing. Basically there is no definitive hunting textbook and you learn the basics, and then learn the rest when you’re out in the field. You can’t learn everything in books or class discussions.

 

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Here are a few hunting tips that I want to share with you.

Adjust your Learning with the Right Pacing
The first thing to learn in this quick hunting course is learning how to shoot a rifle. Regular hunting rifles use 0.22 caliber munitions which is lethal at 100 yards or less for beginners and much much further away for pro hunters. Whitetail animals tend to have a quick foot and can sprint so fast that they’ll be out of sight in less than 5 seconds, so don’t rush the shot. This is the part where you need to take your time to aim right in order to get the kill-shot. For instance, deers and elks have relatively large body size where you can pick a spot to aim, and in most cases the bullet wound it will get from your rifle is deadly.

 

You can also learn from the pro hunters at our Pursuit Channel hunting shows on how to aim and make that lethal shot in hunting animals.

 

As much as possible, aim your crosshairs near or at the vital organs of the animal, which is right behind the front legs – that’s a 90% kill-shot. Aim right then, follow through. Support the butt of the rifle adjacent to your shoulder and squeeze the trigger, don’t pull too quickly. Loosen your grip before firing up a shot and only hold the gun steady after you make the shot. Prepare to fire another shot in case the animal is still moving as it might try to get away if the bullet wound is not fatal. Big game hunting can be a tricky business but it’s all fun and games once you’ve learned how to do it.

 

Essentially, you can apply these methods to target shooting also. Try not to take too long to aim your hunting rifles or bow before you take the shot as this will mess up your aim more and will cause you to miss.

 

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Watch Your Step
Not being careful while out in the field hunting big game and other animals could cause you injuries and some might even lead to death (God forbid). Watching where you land your feet and your immediate area could save your life! For instance, what if you were so focused on your target that you forgot there’s a poisonous snake on your path just a few feet away from you? Yes, although this doesn’t occur often it is better to be safe than sorry. Might as well bring with you some hunting dogs to warn you in advance.

 

Pro hunters in our Pursuit Channel hunting shows always emphasize awareness and presence of mind. You’ll often see them talk about the basic rules in hunting while in their camps or hunting lodges before heading out into the wilderness.

 

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Do not use the Gun Sparingly
You didn’t bring your hunting rifles and a bag load of ammo just to get that one clean hit now, did you? Even seasoned hunters and expert marksmen would prefer to have more bullets than they need. That’s because of the unpredictability of things and you can never be too sure always. I will be blunt and honest in this hunting course, you will make mistakes out there hunting animals, the law of averages will have its way one way or another; and that’s a fact.

 

Sometimes even a direct hit, the animal can survive a 0.22 caliber bullet wound and escape, but if you fired a second and third shot, then that will kill ‘em dead. Let loose and don’t hold back! Your goal is to bring that buck home with you and not let it escape.

 

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Gun Care is Paramount for Effectiveness and Gun Safety
The chances of hunting rifles or hunting bow malfunctioning will be greatly reduced if you keep them in the best shape possible. In my five years as a big game hunter, I’ve always used the Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather SS. During hunting season I would always remove its individual parts, clean and lubricate them and then put them back together again; and I do this every dawn around 4am just 2 hours before we set out to hunt. As a result, I have a high hit ratio and am one of the best hunters among my buddies. I took good care of my gun and it took good care of me while hunting.

 

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Use your Five Senses and Instincts to know when Game is Coming your Way
Around 150,000 years ago, before we relied on technology to survive, we first developed our five senses to hunt food or defend ourselves from predators. And now that you’re back in this hunting course once more, I would advise you to use them for this purpose again. Your eyes and ears would be the primary game detectors when they’re coming your way. While your sense of touch, smell and taste are used for when you are the one chasing the animal that you’re hunting.

 

If the animal is coming your way, then that’s a better deal for you as you just have to lie and wait until you get a clear shot. Aim your rifle in the general direction where you hear or see the animal is coming from; however, do not point it straight right away. Instead aim it to the ground or up towards the sky until the animal gets into the clearing and you can identify it; otherwise you might shoot another hunter or an innocent camper/hiker. As for me, I do what the experts do in those Pursuit Channel hunting shows – get hunting dogs to aid me in hunting. But do use your five senses, it helps a lot too!

 

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Lower Your Aim
For conventional sights such as scopes and iron sights used on hunting rifles; it’s good to lower your aim slightly in order to anticipate the “kick” when you fire off a shot. But not so much with tree stand sights as used on bows as they work differently. If the angle of the shot is particularly steep and precise shot placement is required, then you need to aim lower at about 1 or 2 degrees. For example, when you’re hunting smaller animals like the squirrel, you’ll need to aim and hit precisely. But when you’re hunting a big game this is not required as your hunting rifles are quite accurate within a 5-inch diameter.

 

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Expect the Unexpected
It isn’t always sunny in Minnesota and it sure ain’t gonna stay the same in British Columbia either, so be ready for anything. You need to be able to roll with the flow whenever the situation calls for it. When you go out hunting always have the initiative that at some point in time you might be camping also. It be better if you have sleeping bags, rain coats, tents and other camping supplies, but the safety of hunting lodges is unbeatable; as they serve both as a staging point and base camp for you and your fellow hunters. Bringing along hunting dogs would be essential too!

 

Be the Last One Out
Don’t leave early because you’ll never know what you will miss. It’s simple math: less hunters in your area means more opportunities to come across a game.

 

From firsthand experience, I’m always the last one to leave the hunting grounds and I often go back to the hunting lodges with a catch – sometimes bigger ones! These days ever since my buddies found out my secret to success, they would stay late too but we spread out at about 400 yards apart from each other. Now almost all of us has a catch when we go back to the cabin.

 

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I hope you enjoyed this hunting course and picked up a few lessons worth learning. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Pursuit Channel hunting shows in Roku, Direct TV and Dish Network as well.

Elk Decoy Setup Guide

Elk decoying is an art that requires knowledge from a thorough study of elks and skills which are mostly acquired from field experience. A lot of men and women have found leisure and excitement in elk decoying. More often than not, despite the careful planning, meticulous strategies and costly equipment, the decoying and elk hunting tips still goes terribly wrong. Perhaps what you need is a simple to deploy elk decoy and a quick setup guide that will give you a clear shot at decoying a bull. This elk decoy setup guide is concise and effective in every way.

 

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There are some Pursuit Channel shows that have very similar tips on hunting whitetails and elks and you can subscribe to them at Dish Network, Direct TV and now over the internet via Roku.

Here’s how to do it with these elk hunting guide:

Situation Numero Uno: You know the precise area where the elks usually feed, but they only come to that place after the sun goes down and all the light fades.

Decoy setup: Situate two to four cow elk decoys on that same area before dark. They should be visible and positioned somewhere near the path wherein the elk would enter. Quick elk scent sprays in the air should do the trick. Find cover some 20 to 40 yards away and patiently await your bull. Remember that usually a bull will tend to come from downwind, so try as much to take advantage of this. Hunting elks is not usually easy but elk decoys make it more efficient.

Situation Numero Dos: The elk’s annual recurrent sexual period has started but they just wouldn’t settle within your bow’s range.

 

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Decoy Setup: Ask your partner to entice a bull towards your position by calling early in the morning. Settle yourself at a strategic position. Avoid calling too much before sunrise, this marginally decreases the possibilities of a satisfying response. You can opt to spray a scent of a cow in estrus state around the area for maximum results. The bull will eventually notice the decoy and come towards it and as soon as you get a clear aim, release the arrow.

Pursuit Channel’s “Bow Hunting Addiction” TV series are also available in their YouTube channel where you can watch YouTube hunting videos about elks. There are more Pursuit Channel shows that give you expert advice and tips on how to hunt elks.

Make sure that you have a know on the herd’s activity patterns and the area’s thermal changes. When the direction of the wind alters, consider changing your current position too. Thorough observation on the mentioned factors may help you a lot on your endeavor.

Situation Numero Tres: All the cows in the area have been knocked up and bred already but you are extremely sure there are a number of them that are still in estrus, attracting bulls in search for a rut ender routine is one of the best elk hunting tips that you can get from the pros.

 

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Decoy Setup: Set up a cow decoy some 25 to 30 yards away from the area where you sight a bull continuously getting rejected. Cow call at this distance for a while and sit tight for it will only take a jiffy to get a bull stomping your way. When hunting elks; position yourself where the bull won’t notice you but would only walk past you as it approaches the decoy. Once you get the chance, aim straight and hit that bull with your best shot. Don’t forget to watch the Pursuit Channel shows where you’ll learn about trap hunting animals and hunting decoys and tactics.

With careful assessment of each situation, patience, perfect timing and this easy to follow but reliable hunting guide, you won’t miss a chance at a beautiful bull.

Learn Better and Faster Self-Defense through these 5 Tricks

When it comes to self defense there’s only one absolute: it’s either you take down the other guy or he takes you down. There is no middle ground, so you better make sure that you will always have the advantage in every sticky situation. I’ve prepared 5 best tips on how to learn self defense the better and faster way and it can help you successfully defend yourself in real life situations. So read them and put them to practice to sharpen your self-defense skills. Practice them in your mind many times before your practice them in real-time. Generally you can use these tips to learn anything besides martial arts; they are more for the mind than the body. You can catch the TV show called “Fired Up TV” on Pursuit Channel on Roku and learn more about self defense.

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1. Empty your Mind

Most people are unaware that their minds are like a cloud of thunderstorms. Too much noise and it’s hard to focus, in fact, only those who learned meditation techniques will understand how to empty their minds. If you haven’t tried this before, then I invite you to stop whatever you’re doing and close your eyes and focus on one thought for 1 minute.

Did you try it? How long were you able to focus?

For beginners, I have to say that clearing your mind of all those useless thoughts is a pain in the neck. The few days will be struggle and you’ll mostly think about so many things and even thinking about not thinking! That’s the essence of practicing self defense techniques.

It’s crazy, I know, but it’s necessary.

A clear, chatter-free, and focused mind is what it means when you want to be “in the zone,” it is the optimal state for all action/performance. The Samurai warriors of feudal Japan are familiar with this kind of state of mind and they called it “Mushin.” Watch more shows at Pursuit Channel on Roku and learn self defense too! Today extreme sports athletes and master martial arts experts have different names for it as well, but the meaning is one and the same. When you empty your mind you’ll be able to learn like a little child learns stuff and boy do they learn quickly! Less chatter and noise in your thoughts will make you like a hawk, able to see clearly for miles and without distractions and your efficiency will dramatically increase. When you learn self defense you must first learn how to achieve the “mushin,” then you’ll be able to excel at learning anything.

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While more practice will result in “mushin,” it is also possible to force your state of mind into it at the start of the practice. You don’t necessarily have to rely on chance all the time.

Every time you practice, spend between 5 – 20 minutes of silence (you can sit down or just stand in a corner), adjust your breathing so your mind and body could relax and then clear your mind. It may take a while before you can master this technique, so be patient. In time you will see that getting into the zone or “mushin” becomes almost routine. Aside from practicing getting into the state of mind of “mushin,” you also need to stay in there throughout your martial arts training. The “mushin” state of mind will help you develop self defense techniques efficiently. If for some reason you’re slipping in and out of the zone, then pause your training and restart the mind conditioning meditation.

Some people like to opt for guns used for self defense but that’s more like for survival than just simple self defense.

2. Go the Extra Mile

Think of a water cannon spraying several cubic feet of water on you and you just want to fill a small cup for a drink; how will that work out for you? It would tear the cup apart and pin you to a wall. The amount of water coming at you is too much and it’s being jettisoned – there’s no way you can do it.

Now imagine you go ask a neighbor to give you some water and she hands you a pitcher. Isn’t that easier? It’s natural, I mean, you’ve been doing that all your life and there’s nothing to it. All you have to do is pour the water from the pitcher slowly to fill the cup and drink it.

Let’s say you’ve just started to learn self defense and you’re a white belt Karatedo student and you spar with a red belter; you’re going beyond your means and you won’t learn anything. You try again but this time you spar with your fellow white belter. What will that do to improve your skills? Nothing. You master each “kata” in your training and spar with someone just a notch or two above your level and you are going to definitely improve! In this case it’s okay to make mistakes, as long as you can see and understand your mistakes and improve on them in the next sparring session. Have the enthusiasm to improve each time you spar in order to correct those mistakes.

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The book called “The Talent Code” has a unique and effective approach in training to improve your skills:

1.    Aim for a specific skill that you want to learn
2.    Practice to achieve it
3.    Evaluate the gap and then bridge the gap
4.    Start over

Mistakes keep you focused. That’s because you’ll do a lot to avoid committing it over and over again and thus, you improve.

3. Do not Rush Mastering a Special Skill

When you attempt to push the envelope you’ll notice there are things you want to learn that are quite difficult, but you know and believe that they’re not impossible to achieve. When you do notice them, do not multitask and fix them all in one time. Resolving something by multitasking will get you nowhere as our mind can only focus on one thing at a time. You should instead break them down to chewable parts and learn to surpass each difficulty until you have mastered every portion of that skill.

For instance, you’ll be practicing a martial arts technique that involves footwork, a spinning kick and a left or right hand movement, then rehearse each movement individually and in repeated slow motion.  Work out each maneuver until you get comfortable with them and then execute them in the exact manner that your “sensei” showed you. Mastering complicated self defense techniques that requires several movements may be daunting, but once you’ve done it you will indeed become an expert.

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4. Employ Contextual Variations

Doing one thing in a very specific manner is not learning a new skill. What it does is simply memorizing a move; however, in a real life combat situation your opponent will not stand still like a dummy and just let you hit him so easily. No, he will be fighting back and countering your every move. So, what you need to do is to practice your moves in a functional way in order to gain new skills.

Here’s how to do it:

Instead of the usual – leaning one’s body forward with a punch/jab attack – try to use some agility with it and train to throw a jab while moving in different directions. Spar with another boxer and see if your moves are working.

This tip can also be applied to writers and if you’re a newbie writer, then you should practice using word synonyms and try to write a paragraph in different ways to make it more eloquent and poetic, but not dull.

You can also employ it in music. For instance, you’re learning the guitar and the basic technique is how to strum the strings. First learn the chords and hand placement as well as transitions and then do variations and explore.

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5. Practice each Special Technique Alternately

Even though you will make certain improvements in training with a single move for a thousand times or so, it may not really stick or make a difference. It gives a negative kind of satisfaction to find yourself being very good at something at one point, and then suck at it the next day or week. To ensure that you will learn and even better improve on what you’ve learned, you must practice alternately and not routinely.

Let’s you want to learn the high kick maneuver, the reverse punch and the flying kick technique. If you practice the high kick maneuver for 7 days, then you’ll do the reverse punch for another week and the flying kick on the third week; you will not be able to put them into good use at all. The better way to do it is to practice the high kick for 2 hours, then the reverse punch on the next 2 hours and finally the flying kick in the last 2 hours. But on the next day you need to shuffle them so you’ll get used to them completely that you will be able to execute all 3 moves in half a second!

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Now that’s what I call learning and improvement.

Bringing it All Together

Using all 5 tips to develop your martial arts skills for self defense or whatever skills you need to learn will show dramatic results. You can do it this way: Begin by allowing your mind to enter a state of “mushin.” Practice right past the edge of your ability. Observe your mistakes and then improve on one mistake at a time. Practice each component of your mistakes in isolation. Remember to practice individual component parts of your mistakes alternately to avoid sticking to one part for a long time while practicing and become redundant. After a while you should be comfortable in deploying each technique and then variate your moves and excel in it in order to move to the next level.

And as always don’t forget to subscribe to our shows at Pursuit Channel on Roku.

Four Camping Tips on Avoiding Wildlife Habitat while Outdoors

One of the cardinal rules of camping in the wilderness is to first do no harm to animal habitats – kinda like medical doctors. Even though part of the priorities of camping outdoors is to see one or more wild animals as part of a sightseeing adventure, most outdoor enthusiasts consider damaging animal habitats as an irresponsible act. In fairness, campers do not intentionally displace animal habitats; especially the novices and they have to be walked through everything about camping just to get them started. Some newbies deliberately ignore signs of animal habitats and attempt to get a closer look, which scares the poor animals away. We have outdoor adventure shows in Pursuit Channel that teaches how to protect the animals and their habitats while camping and hiking.

 

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Those animals might get so scared that they might leave their homes permanently in order to seek safer shelter elsewhere. That is why it’s very important that camp leaders educate their team members on camping and animal safety rules besides training them to handle outdoor camping gear properly.

Here are a couple of camping rules that you should know before setting out to camp in the wild:

1. Natural Pathways – Spots where wildlife congregates are usually ideal to setup camp and unload your camping gears, but if you know best you shouldn’t camp there. There are ways to tell when a path has been cleared by animals and if happen to see one, then better move your campsite somewhere else. Typically you will see chewed-on material along the trail, mangled brush as well as hoof or foot tracks – show courtesy to animals and find some other place to settle. A Pursuit Channel show called “Winchester & Drury’s Natural Born,” showcases hunting and camping tips for beginners and experts alike. You can get more tips from them if you watch the show regularly.

 

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2. Bedding Areas – Animals such as deer, raccoons, foxes, and other mammals often seek shelter to protect themselves from the elements just like humans do. Areas with low lying tree branches overhanging natural clearings are typical animal shelters, so be extra careful when you’re around them. When camping and hiking, look for evidence of habitation before setting up camp under softwood trees like pines and cedars as they are the most likely places that animals seek shelter to, because these trees protect the animals from wind and rain.

3. Burrows – Digging out burrows in soil or organic material such as tree trunks is the common survival instinct of smaller mammals. You can spot these burrows easily as they don’t cover it with leaves or other stuff. Be sure to check for these entry and exit points if you’re setting up camp next to any large trees or dead logs. Newton wasn’t wrong when he said that every action has an opposite reaction, you know and if you disturb the animal’s den, then they’ll disturb your camp as well. They would most likely smell your food and go after them. I mean, if they can get an easy meal, then why go to the trouble of catching one? Plus your meal is more delicious than their normal food servings. This has happened many times with novice campers on some Pursuit Channel shows.

 

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4. Watering Holes – Other common camping spots people pick are creeks and rivers, but often they’re not aware that these places have watering holes for animals too! You have to understand that these creatures need water besides food to survive and you’re in their way when you camp near these places while enjoying your outdoor adventure. You can actually find other natural bank-side clearings that are preferable to setup camp on where you don’t have to scare animals away or get in their way to find food and shelter.

Expert campers are actually the ones who are very concerned about the environment they get into. To start becoming a pro-camper, you’d need to be aware of your surroundings and more importantly always be sympathetic to the animals that live there. Using these four camping tips will greatly help you tip-toe your way into forests and wilderness and not harm anything there. Remember to buy only genuine camping gears from a reliable camping equipment company. And as always don’t forget to watch our outdoor and hunting shows on Pursuit Channel on Roku.

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